The walk-in shop is now temporarily closed, of course, due to the Corona Virus.  Books are non-essential apparently!!  Keep well and safe everyone.


We can still post books out!
Some of our inventory lists are online. Do email, phone or message if you'd like more details of any of the books listed or queries about other books we may have.  

Many of our books are not yet on the inventory so we'll be using this time at home/in the shop, working on that.

Some of our books  are online on the following platforms:


Virago Press was established in 1973 to revive and champion otherwise neglected female writers, bringing the iconic, green-spined Virago Modern Classics series 5 years later. We have dedicated Virago fiction and non-fiction sections.


A whole corner of the shop is dedicated to adventure sports: mostly climbing & mountaineering but also including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, fell running & bushcraft.

We have 70+ climbing guides, signed and scarce first editions, early expedition photographs, skills development, adventure education, rescues and epics, essays, biographies & maps.


The rugged, natural beauty of the region has drawn many a poet to these parts, most notably Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey, De Quincey and Lamb. We have a good selection of their poetical and non-poetical works, from paperbacks to fine bindings, as well as biographies and analyses.


Ruskin left a rich legacy both in and out of print. His influence over William Morris can be seen in the Arts & Crafts movement, of which there are numerable architectural examples in Cumbria, most notably Blackwell at Bowness-on-Windermere. You can also visit Ruskin's home, Brantwood at Coniston. Either would make a great day trip from Penrith.


We stock a large range of archeology books and a wide span of Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeologocal Society (CWAAS). Local sites include Papcastle, Birdoswald and Hadrian's Wall as well as numerous stone circles, which we usually have some books on. More local sites of interest here